Both parties eye Nebraska legislative races

May 10, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska primary race is full of contenders for statewide office, but voters will also have to choose among legislative candidates in parts of Lincoln, Omaha and rural areas.

The election on Tuesday will thin the field in 11 legislative contests with more than two candidates. Five of those races are for seats in Omaha, and three are for Lincoln seats.

The two top vote-getters will advance to the general election in November. Even though races for Nebraska Legislature are nonpartisan, both parties are trying to win seats.

Nebraska Republican Party executive director Bud Synhorst says interest in the GOP races for governor and U.S. Senate will likely boost turnout in down-ticket races.

Nebraska Democratic Party director Dan Marvin says his party is pushing a vote-by-mail effort in contested districts.

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